Suzy Has a Secret by S. Jackson and A. Raymond
Suzy Has a Secret is a book for children by S. Jackson and A. Raymond that teaches kids to identify abuse and learn how to react on such situations.
This book teaches a child, ages four to eight years-old, about personal safety and body ownership. Children learn how to identify who safe adults are in a child’s life. This book shows in positive and practical ways how parents, and educators, can talk to children about personal safety. Children learn about bad touch and good touch, and how their body belongs to them. Parents and educators can help children learn who the safe people are in their lives, and that they can always tell one of them about anything that may happen, and they aren’t comfortable about. Using little bug fairies and fairy houses, ensures that children aren’t scared when this story is read to them, or they read it on their own.
“Suzy Has A Secret” is a wonderful resource for children, parents, and educators, in teaching children about good touch/bad touch. It is smartly written and developed, and easy for children to read. This is a difficult subject to tackle, and the authors have done a brilliant job. Adult resource information follows this story.
A Word from the Author
Children own their own bodies, and tell them that no one has the right to touch them unless it’s okay with them. Teach them their body parts that are private and they will learn the difference between someone holding their hand versus touching a private area. Tell them that they have the right to say no if they don’t want their hand held and or to be given a hug. Children should be taught that their body belongs to them and no one can touch it without their permission.
Children have the right to refuse a hug, kiss or a touch from anyone, including those who they love.
Children should be taught to say “No”, immediately and to get away from unsafe situations and to tell their parents or teacher. Stress that they should persist until someone takes the matter seriously. Teach your child that he/she is to say “No” to anyone who touched them in a way they didn’t like. Your child may like hugs from you, the parent, but they need to be free to say no to other relatives or friends, if they feel uncomfortable. Children need to be taught that if someone touches them, and they feel bad about it, they need to know it is because that touch was a bad touch. Kids should be taught to trust how they feel in these situations. It is important that the child know that abuse is still abuse even if the touch doesn’t feel bad to them.
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